Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32 (NLT)
We have king sized candy bars, supersized value meals, and a get more for your money, bigger is better, large and in charge kind of culture. The attitude is so pervasive believers can get caught up in the rush. How does one measure his or her worth? “Am I good enough?” is the haunting question that makes sleep restless. The apparent ease of others who seem to win and effortlessly meet their goals only intensifies the bitterness of defeat or failure. Our “blessings” often appear unequal.
More, More, MORE – that is the message not so subtly woven into most of what you see and hear in any given setting, sometimes even in church. How does that mentality warp the view of a God who says, my grace is sufficient? What if God “blesses” you with less, with pain, hardship, difficult circumstances, or affliction? What if the prayer you pray is never answered in the way you planned.
Relax. The message of Christ is less is more. Throughout scripture, those who are small, weak, unskilled, ill-prepared, poor, disadvantaged and overlooked are the very ones chosen by God. Those are the ones blessed with lavish, abundant, glorious grace. That is the message Paul was trying to convey to his readers.
David was a kid when he killed the 9-foot tall giant, Goliath. David was taking snacks to his older brothers on the battlefield. David was no warrior. He was a kid. He had no armor, no military training, he had a sling shot and 5 rocks. David was on God’s side. That made all the difference.
God whittled down Gideon’s army to only 300 men. In human estimation, that was not enough to win the battle. God explained to Gideon that with 300 men, when they won, they would know it was because God gave them the victory.
There are more examples of less is more. The widow with just enough oil and flour for one more meal, the widow with just a few pennies the boy with the loaves and fish, all had enough when measured by God’s standard. That is the key. Jesus talked about it in Matthew 6. It’s the opposite message of the world.
Jesus’ message is; don’t worry about getting more, having more, being more. Jesus’ message is; give God what little you have and then stand back as He makes it into something extraordinary. A small bit of faith, is enough if it moves you to prayer or action. A giant circumstance is the perfect opportunity for you to trust in God’s strength, skill and love. Inadequate resources leave you no other option but to trust The One who owns everything. When you find yourself abandoned by those you thought would always be at your side; that is the moment you can hear God’s small voice of peace and encouragement.
Are you low on resources? Do you feel inadequate for the task? Are you alone? Does the future have you baffled? Perfect! You are a perfect candidate to be used by God. You are in the line for blessings!
Measure your blessings with God’s scale and you’ll realize you have enough!
Father help me rest in You and Your strength. Remind me to measure myself and my blessing by Your standard—not mine, the world’s or any other measure.
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